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Campisi's: Not actually Egyptian food.
Campisi's: Not actually Egyptian food.
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16 Iconic Pizzerias Across the Metroplex

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Campisi's: Not actually Egyptian food.
| Photo: Campisi's/Facebook

Pizza is a very personal thing: One person's perfectly charred, chewy Neapolitan is another person's burnt, soggy nightmare. With that in mind, we've rounded up 16 pizzerias that paint a clear picture of the DFW pizza scene — several represent the mid-2000s Dallas pizza renaissance while others go way back to the 1940s, but all of them enjoy a loyal following. (Do note that the pizzerias aren't ranked by level of sheer awesomeness, but rather listed alphabetically.)

— Whitney Filloon & Malcolm Mayhew

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Campisi's Egyptian Lounge

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5610 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-0355
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The Campisi's sign has been puzzling passers-by for decades; no, the 67-year-old restaurant doesn't serve Egyptian food, but rather thin, crackery-crusted oblong pizzas. The family now has several locations across DFW, but this is the only one where Jack Ruby reportedly used to hang out.

2. Cane Rosso

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2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1188
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The now-legendary Cane Rosso opened its first Deep Ellum location in 2011, but by then Jay Jerrier's Neapolitan venture had already been making waves for a couple years with its mobile oven. It's now got three locations and the VPN-certified pies are as good as ever.

3. Cavalli

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3601 Regent Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 915-0001
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An Irving strip mall might not be where you'd expect to find authentic VPN-certified pizza, but Cavalli's been doing exactly that since 2008. The Neapolitan-style pies possess that characteristic charred, chewy character, and a BYOB policy makes it wallet-friendly.

4. Chicago's Finest Pizza

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6150 Independence Pkwy
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 618-6500
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Real Chicago-style deep dish is mighty hard to find in DFW, but Chi-town expats and other loyal fans of the gut-busting pies know that pizza ecstasy can be found at Plano's Chicago's Finest. What it lacks in seating, it makes up for in authenticity (there's also Chicago-style thin crust, if that's what you're into).

5. Coal Vines

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2404 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 855-4999
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Former NYC police officer Joseph Palladino launched this cozy pizzeria-slash-wine bar in Uptown back in 2006, and its coal-burning oven churns out nicely charred, crispy-chewy pies including a very unique Bolognese version. The concept has since been licensed out to locations in Plano, Houston, Austin and beyond, but the original remains the best. [Photo: Jessica S./Foursquare]

6. Covino's

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3265 Independence Pkwy
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 519-0345
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This charming little family-owned hole in the wall has been serving loyal regulars since 1990, and Planoites continue to pack the house for great New York-style pizza and other Italian favorites. Don't forget to BYOB (and save room for a slice of the amazing cheesecake).

7. Eno's Pizza Tavern

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407 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 943-9200
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Oak Cliff used to be a bit of a pizza wasteland. Eno's opened in 2008 to provide Bishop Arts with some much-needed quality pizza, and since then it's amassed a large and loyal following for its crackery-crusted pies and excellent craft beer selection.

8. Fireside Pies

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2820 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-3916
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Tristan Simon's endlessly popular pizzeria celebrates a decade on Henderson Avenue this year, and if the constantly packed house is any indicator, it continues to gain steam with its crispy, puffy-crusted pies. The empire now includes five locations; the pepperoni with truffle oil is a favorite.

9. Grimaldi's

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3636 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 559-4611
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While it certainly lacks the gritty charm of the legendary Brooklyn pizzeria that spawned this chain, the West Village outpost of Grimaldi's that opened in 2007 is still a good place to get a New York-style pie. The garlicky white pizza is a favorite.

10. J&J's Pizza

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118 W Oak St.
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 382-7769
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J&J has been rocking Denton for 12 years now with generously-sized slices and $2 cans of Schlitz. The Italian-owned joint on the Square is an official venue of music festival 35 Denton, but you can catch a band in the self-professed "old dirty basement" even when it's not festival season. (Be advised: As the website states, J&J's is "closed Sunday for spiritual healing.")

11. Louie's

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1839 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0505
Beloved Henderson Avenue dive Louie's specializes in extra-crispy, wafer-thin crust pies and some of the best damn Caesar salad around. Sure, the service staff can be a little salty -- but it's all part of the charm.

12. Mama's Pizza

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1813 W Berry St
Fort Worth, TX 76110
(817) 923-3541
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This Fort Worth chain has been expanding lately, but the store on Berry (which opened way back in 1972) remains the best, with its Ms. Pac Man arcade game, walls of TCU memorabilia, ceiling tiles made of stained glass and absolutely killer thick-crust pies, which many argue are the best in the city.

13. My Family's Pizza

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10720 Preston Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 363-6122
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Formerly Pizza by Marco, this 57-year-old chain was forced to change its name recently due to a trademark dispute. The location in Preston Royal Village is the oldest pizzeria in Dallas and continues to serve thin and crispy-crusted pies to legions of loyal fans, along with some new innovations like vegan sausage and Dublin Bottling Works pure cane sugar sodas. [Photo: Andy V./Foursquare]

14. Olivella's

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3406 McFarlin Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 528-7070
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Pizza obsessive Charlie Green was tired of trekking to NYC for a pizza fix, so he imported a pizzaiolo from Naples and opened Olivella's near SMU back in 2007. The tiny pizzeria utilizes a wood-burning oven to churn out thin-crust pies loaded up with San Marzano tomato sauce and bufala mozzarella, and has since added two more locations in Victory Park and Lakewood to serve its loyal customers.

15. Parton's Pizza

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2813 Cherry Ln
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 244-5152
No other pizza joint in North Texas is quite like this funhouse timewarp pizza dive on Fort Worth's west side. Booths are sparkly red. That's real wood paneling on the walls. The TV doesn't work. And don't ask if they have thick crust; here, thin crust rules, as it has since the place opened -- and apparently froze in time -- in '68. Must-get: bacon, tomato and ranch pie (hey, Cane Rosso, send your ranch lovers here!), crispy, hot tater tots and a bowl of chocolate pudding.

16. Sal's Pizza

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2525 Wycliff Ave, Ste 116
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-1828
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Sal is a true New York pizza guy who relocated to Dallas in 1982, and he's been slinging NY-style pies at Wycliff and the Tollway ever since; even a fire in late 2012 couldn't put him out of commission for long. (Sal's now has locations in Las Colinas and Plano, too.)

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1. Campisi's Egyptian Lounge

5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
The Campisi's sign has been puzzling passers-by for decades; no, the 67-year-old restaurant doesn't serve Egyptian food, but rather thin, crackery-crusted oblong pizzas. The family now has several locations across DFW, but this is the only one where Jack Ruby reportedly used to hang out.
5610 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

2. Cane Rosso

2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
The now-legendary Cane Rosso opened its first Deep Ellum location in 2011, but by then Jay Jerrier's Neapolitan venture had already been making waves for a couple years with its mobile oven. It's now got three locations and the VPN-certified pies are as good as ever.
2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Cavalli

3601 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
An Irving strip mall might not be where you'd expect to find authentic VPN-certified pizza, but Cavalli's been doing exactly that since 2008. The Neapolitan-style pies possess that characteristic charred, chewy character, and a BYOB policy makes it wallet-friendly.
3601 Regent Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

4. Chicago's Finest Pizza

6150 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023
Real Chicago-style deep dish is mighty hard to find in DFW, but Chi-town expats and other loyal fans of the gut-busting pies know that pizza ecstasy can be found at Plano's Chicago's Finest. What it lacks in seating, it makes up for in authenticity (there's also Chicago-style thin crust, if that's what you're into).
6150 Independence Pkwy
Plano, TX 75023

5. Coal Vines

2404 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201
Former NYC police officer Joseph Palladino launched this cozy pizzeria-slash-wine bar in Uptown back in 2006, and its coal-burning oven churns out nicely charred, crispy-chewy pies including a very unique Bolognese version. The concept has since been licensed out to locations in Plano, Houston, Austin and beyond, but the original remains the best. [Photo: Jessica S./Foursquare]
2404 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201

6. Covino's

3265 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075
This charming little family-owned hole in the wall has been serving loyal regulars since 1990, and Planoites continue to pack the house for great New York-style pizza and other Italian favorites. Don't forget to BYOB (and save room for a slice of the amazing cheesecake).
3265 Independence Pkwy
Plano, TX 75075

7. Eno's Pizza Tavern

407 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208
Oak Cliff used to be a bit of a pizza wasteland. Eno's opened in 2008 to provide Bishop Arts with some much-needed quality pizza, and since then it's amassed a large and loyal following for its crackery-crusted pies and excellent craft beer selection.
407 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208

8. Fireside Pies

2820 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Tristan Simon's endlessly popular pizzeria celebrates a decade on Henderson Avenue this year, and if the constantly packed house is any indicator, it continues to gain steam with its crispy, puffy-crusted pies. The empire now includes five locations; the pepperoni with truffle oil is a favorite.
2820 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Grimaldi's

3636 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
While it certainly lacks the gritty charm of the legendary Brooklyn pizzeria that spawned this chain, the West Village outpost of Grimaldi's that opened in 2007 is still a good place to get a New York-style pie. The garlicky white pizza is a favorite.
3636 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

10. J&J's Pizza

118 W Oak St., Denton, TX 76201
J&J has been rocking Denton for 12 years now with generously-sized slices and $2 cans of Schlitz. The Italian-owned joint on the Square is an official venue of music festival 35 Denton, but you can catch a band in the self-professed "old dirty basement" even when it's not festival season. (Be advised: As the website states, J&J's is "closed Sunday for spiritual healing.")
118 W Oak St.
Denton, TX 76201

11. Louie's

1839 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Beloved Henderson Avenue dive Louie's specializes in extra-crispy, wafer-thin crust pies and some of the best damn Caesar salad around. Sure, the service staff can be a little salty -- but it's all part of the charm.
1839 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Mama's Pizza

1813 W Berry St, Fort Worth, TX 76110
This Fort Worth chain has been expanding lately, but the store on Berry (which opened way back in 1972) remains the best, with its Ms. Pac Man arcade game, walls of TCU memorabilia, ceiling tiles made of stained glass and absolutely killer thick-crust pies, which many argue are the best in the city.
1813 W Berry St
Fort Worth, TX 76110

13. My Family's Pizza

10720 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230
Formerly Pizza by Marco, this 57-year-old chain was forced to change its name recently due to a trademark dispute. The location in Preston Royal Village is the oldest pizzeria in Dallas and continues to serve thin and crispy-crusted pies to legions of loyal fans, along with some new innovations like vegan sausage and Dublin Bottling Works pure cane sugar sodas. [Photo: Andy V./Foursquare]
10720 Preston Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230

14. Olivella's

3406 McFarlin Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205
Pizza obsessive Charlie Green was tired of trekking to NYC for a pizza fix, so he imported a pizzaiolo from Naples and opened Olivella's near SMU back in 2007. The tiny pizzeria utilizes a wood-burning oven to churn out thin-crust pies loaded up with San Marzano tomato sauce and bufala mozzarella, and has since added two more locations in Victory Park and Lakewood to serve its loyal customers.
3406 McFarlin Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205

15. Parton's Pizza

2813 Cherry Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76116
No other pizza joint in North Texas is quite like this funhouse timewarp pizza dive on Fort Worth's west side. Booths are sparkly red. That's real wood paneling on the walls. The TV doesn't work. And don't ask if they have thick crust; here, thin crust rules, as it has since the place opened -- and apparently froze in time -- in '68. Must-get: bacon, tomato and ranch pie (hey, Cane Rosso, send your ranch lovers here!), crispy, hot tater tots and a bowl of chocolate pudding.
2813 Cherry Ln
Fort Worth, TX 76116

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16. Sal's Pizza

2525 Wycliff Ave, Ste 116, Dallas, TX 75219
Sal is a true New York pizza guy who relocated to Dallas in 1982, and he's been slinging NY-style pies at Wycliff and the Tollway ever since; even a fire in late 2012 couldn't put him out of commission for long. (Sal's now has locations in Las Colinas and Plano, too.)
2525 Wycliff Ave, Ste 116
Dallas, TX 75219

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